Archive for February, 2008

Lesbian Turkish Oil Wrestling

February 23, 2008

The infamous lesbian Turkish oil wrestling scene that Showtime played as a teaser trailer in November debuted last Sunday in Episode 5.7. Is this an act of desperation by the producers of The L Word or an act of brilliance?

E. Zack Lee

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Blackhawks vs. Wild NHL Free Pick

February 20, 2008

Captian Canuck makes his video debut video offering his free nhl pick between the Blackhawks and the Wild. Is he right or is he wrong – why not comment on it?

Personally I find both teams to be quite boring but what do I know I only watch the games for the fights!!!

E. Zack Lee

Sasha Cohen – Fall at the Olympics

February 18, 2008

Now I would pay to see this!

E. Zack Lee

Betting the Oscars

February 14, 2008

Every year the sportsbooks offer lines and odds on the Oscars. This year the Oscars will be held on February 14, 2008 and luckily for the presenters and us, the writer’s strike won’t be forcing us to watch the show with substandard commentary.For your consideration here is a list of odds for some of the more popular categories:

Best Picture Winner:
No Country For Old Men” @1.40
All other nominees @ 3.19

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis @1.13 (“There Will Be Blood“)
All other nominees @ 7.77

Best Actress:
Julie Christie @1.40 (“Away From Her“)
All other nominees @2.97

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Barden @1.13 (“No Country For Old Men”)
All other nominees @7.55

Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchette @2.38 (“I’m Not There“)
Amy Ryan @2.98 (“Gone, Baby, Gone“)
All other nominees @3.52

Best Director:
Joel/Ethan Coen @1.36 (“No Country For Old Men”)
All other nominees @3.47

For a complete list of Oscar betting odds please visit Bodog. Please keep in mind that the betting odds may vary from the ones listed on the site. If there is a difference you should consider the odds listed on the site as they are considered to be live lines and could change between now and the day of the Oscars.

E. Zack Lee

Kung Fu Robots

February 7, 2008

What can I say that the Title hasn’t already said!

E. Zack Lee

Super Bowl XLII sucked

February 4, 2008

I am probably gonna get heavily criticized and sworn at (even by my colleagues) for this post but hey, we all have our opinions. So here is mine.

Yesterday, after so much hype in the media, I decided to watch my first Super Bowl with anticipation of a great and exciting sporting event. And of course, I watched to see whether the Patriots would pull it off. For the record, I am not a football fan but I am a very keen follower of various sports, and especially when history is about to happen.

So firstly, as far as I think, the whole Super Bowl wasn’t a great sporting event at all as the first two quarters were heavily dominated by commercials. The flow of the live coverage was broken many times and I had a tough time to really feel a part of this important game. I think that the celebration of this sport (which I think the Super Bowl should be) got totally lost in business interests of the whole NFL organization.

And secondly, the game wasn’t “an exciting sporting event” at all. To some degree it has to do with the above business reasons but mostly, I guess, it’s how the game of (American) football is played in general.

The Super Bowl, perhaps, might be an exciting event but not an exciting sporting event. The play is stopped so often that they talk more than play. The quarterback seems to be the only brain on the field and is protected by a couple of, literally, fat guys after the scrimmage takes place. I know they are important but still they can have the same weight while being more athletic (just exchange muscle for fat).

All in all, I probably appear to you as any other non-football fan but you have to agree that the Super Bowl has nothing to do with the game of football, or a sporting event. It’s a big business, and the only reason why there is so much pre-game hype around it is because those running the business need to make sure that everyone feels like that the event must be important if there is so much talk about it.

The NFL also makes sure they stress enough times that the Super Bowl winning team are the World Champions that even an outsider must really think they are. But ask this:

Who plays football around the world? Just North Americans.

Are there any serious international competitions? No.

Who wants you to think you are watching the best sport and athletes ever? NFL.

So are they really world champs? No.

Essentially, it is Coca-Cola way of marketing – put up as many ads as you can, and eventually, people will start to believe it is the best thing on earth.

Now it’s time to run as all you football fans are most likely after me :))

Stanoo Calista

Super Bowl XLII National Anthem by Jordin Sparks

February 3, 2008

You know I am not a huge fan of the American National Anthem as it is a really tough song to sing and therefore, super easy to screw up. As a person whose vocation forces me to watch a lot of sports, I have heard more than my fair share of singers attempting this song only to discover their own limitations in their attempt. No disrespect to any of them as it says a lot about the person for even making the attempt in front of countless spectators.

Their have been a few memorable performances as well but I think that if I had to pick one I would have to give the nod to Jordin Sparks at Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. For those of you who don’t know who Jordin Sparks is she is the daughter of a retired football player from New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, Phillippi Sparks and is the winner of American Idol season six.

Miss Sparks should be very proud of her performance of the American National Anthem at Super Bowl 42 as she took this song and made it her own. In fact I would be surprised if her version didn’t wind up on an album and I am willing to bet that that album would be one of all time best sellers. I can just hear it being played all across America on the 4th of July.

Good work Jordin, you did your parents, family, American Idol, county, State country and yourself proud. Loved you on American Idol, loved you at Super Bowl XLII. Even though my preference goes to a different style of music, I think I would go to one of your concerts simply on the strength of your gift.

E. Zack Lee

Bookies usually cautious on Super Bowl Sunday

February 1, 2008

The Super Bowl is annually the biggest one-day event in the sports betting industry, and Super Bowl XLII should be no exception, as some are predicting that this will be the largest in its history with upwards of $95 million being wagered on the NFL’s championship game. Here is a look at how bookmakers and betters have fared in the big game, with the unbeaten New England Patriots coming in as 12-point favorites over the upstart New York Giants at BetOnline.com.

This is only the second time since 1998 that the point spread for the Super Bowl has reached double figures. In both of those occasions, it was the underdog that came out on top, when John Elway led the Denver Broncos to their first of back-to-back Super Bowls in a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers as 11-point underdogs in 1998. The Patriots were the second team to pull off the upset when they beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in 2002 as 14-point underdogs. This was the first of three Super Bowls for Tom Brady and the current New England dynasty, so you can be sure that head coach Bill Belichick will warn his team to beware of the underdog. Seven of the past nine Super Bowl winners have been favored, and of those seven winners, four have covered the spread. Ironically, two of the teams who have not been able to cover the spread in the big game are the 2004 and 2005 New England teams, winning each time by three points while favored with a 7-point spread. When it comes to the OVER/UNDER, it has been pretty even over the past nine Super Bowls, as the final score has gone UNDER the posted total in five of those games, including the past three.

One More Step

February 1, 2008

The New England Patriots have dominated headlines throughout the entire NFL season, for both good and bad reasons. But through everything, they have managed to reach the Super Bowl to face the New York Giants at the University at Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and there are a number of reasons they should come away with their fourth Super Bowl in seven years, primarily, their outstanding focus. BetOnline.com has the Patriots as 12-point favorites in this massive annual clash between the AFC and NFC champions.

Early in the season, the Patriots had to deal with “Spygate”, when they were caught stealing signals during their Week 1 38-14 rout of the New York Jets. The Patriots were deemed “cheaters”, and coach Bill Belichick was heavily fined. However, that only seemed to spur the Patriots, as they proceeded to beat their first nine opponents by at least 17 points in each game, including a 52-7 slaughter of the Washington Redskins. In the second half of the season, teams started to adjust to the Patriots’ high-powered offense, but New England still showed the poise to take close games, winning three games by three points or less. When the smoke cleared, the Patriots concluded their regular-season campaign with a 38-35 come-from-behind victory over the Giants in New York to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to finish with a perfect record. Quarterback Tom Brady was named the league’s MVP by throwing for a NFL-record 50 touchdowns, just one of many records that were broken by the Patriots in this historic season. Belichick also earned the NFL’s Coach of the Year award, as he managed to keep the Patriots on task and never let the shadow of their unbeaten season stand in the way of their common goal, which was to reach the Super Bowl. This is a trend that has continued throughout the postseason.

So, what are the keys for the Patriots when they take to the field in Arizona? First and foremost, the health of Brady is a major issue. It has been reported he is hurting after he was pictured with a cast on his foot following the AFC championship game against San Diego. Brady says he will be ready to go for the big game, while the rest of the Patriots have remained tight-lipped about the situation. Rest assured, Brady will play in this game, and he should receive ample protection from his offensive line, which is one of the best in the league. Another major factor will be the play of receiver Randy Moss, who broke San Francisco legend Jerry Rice’s touchdown-reception mark with 23. Moss has been quiet in this postseason, and matters were not helped when he had a restraining order placed on him by a woman in Florida. But Belichick is a master game-planner, and he is the best coach in the NFL at keeping his team focused in the face of numerous distractions. This should be the edge that will put the finishing touches on New England’s glorious season.

Super Bowl XLII will only provide a glimpse of Eli Manning’s future

February 1, 2008

Only a month ago New York Giants fans were panicking that the team would blow a 6-2 start and miss the NFL playoffs. Today, the team has rolled to three straight postseason road wins, not to mention an admirable performance in a Week 17 loss to the New England Patriots. Now, the Giants are ready to square off against those same Pats in Super Bowl XLII. The biggest surprise? Eli Manning.After throwing 20 interceptions during the regular season, Manning has yet to be picked off in three postseason games. Much like his Super Bowl counterpart, Tom Brady, Manning has been cool, calm and collected. Despite opening as 14-point dogs (a number that has since dropped to 12), many believe if Manning can maintain his efficient play, the Giants have a fighting chance of knocking off the undefeated Patriots.

And now that young Eli is ready to take center stage, many are wondering whether he belongs with the Montanas, Namaths and Elways of Super Bowl lore, or on the scrap heap with the Dilfers, Grossmans and Mortons.

Manning’s first fours years in the league are best described as erratic. He has led his team to gutsy, last-second comebacks. He’s also displayed as much emotion and enthusiasm as a first-time dad on diaper duty. It’s difficult to expect anyone to display the same intensity as Eli’s older brother, Petyon, but the younger sibling could at least pretend to look like he wants to be on the field.

His sulky demeanor and dopey face sometimes makes one wonder if he even likes football; maybe being born into the “First Family of Quarterbacks” was a curse. But Joe Montana – he of four Super Bowl rings, remember – wasn’t exactly Richard Simmons in the enthusiasm department either. Presently, Manning is winning games, and that’s all that matters.

Much of the debate leading up to the Big Game has – and will continue – to focus on what all this means for the fourth-year pivot. Is he finally reaching the lofty expectations pinned to him when he was chosen first overall in 2004? Or is this postseason a fluke, a sad tease bound to be sent crashing back to Earth by the mighty Pats?

The real answer probably lays somewhere in between. Eli is young and has much time to prove himself – or fall flat on his face. Maybe we’re seeing the maturation of the NFL’s next great quarterback. Or maybe we’re seeing “Trent Dilfer 2008,” a solid-but-unspectacular quarterback who avoided mistakes and rode a hot defence to a championship. Either way, at just 26 years old, there’s much more to come. Of what, we don’t know.

Super Bowl Sunday might provide a peek at Manning’s ultimate legacy, but it will be merely that – a peek.